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CAM SHAFT TOWER SEAL LEAKING ** PLEASE READ***

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by jacob.jons.jj, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. May 14, 2019 at 12:55 PM
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    phabej

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    Oh I see what you mean.. but looking below, I see a nice thick bead. Am I wrong to assume i'm safe? Maybe only time will tell.

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  2. May 14, 2019 at 1:34 PM
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    Yeah that passenger side has a good size bead, safe? who knows I have seen some leak that had a bunch of sealant from the factory. I'm still in the camp that this is a design flaw and not an application issue.
     
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  3. May 14, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    so no one with a 4.6 engine on this board with the cam tower leak ?
     
  4. May 14, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    Ok I'll just keep an eye out on it. Still have 2.5 years factory warranty
     
  5. May 15, 2019 at 5:59 PM
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    We appear to be a small minority. I've scoured the net looking for an answer as well; nothing I could find about this issue was associated with the 4.6l v8.
     
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  6. May 15, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    Yea same here. We should start a 4.6l thread :D
     
  7. May 15, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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    There are some. Here is one. https://www.tundras.com/threads/cam-tower-leak-round-2.38327/

    I have also seen some of the 4.6 Lexus GX460's have had the issue.
     
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  8. May 16, 2019 at 7:05 PM
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    @saybng I lucked out. After a little back and forth, I got a call from my service manager tonight and they are going to fix the leaking driver side. Waiting on a price from them for the passenger side since they’ll have it opened up already.

    I’m relieved, but also a bit nervous that my engine will be torn out apart. They are a Lexus dealership, so the master tech should be familiar with the 5.7. Still makes me a bit uneasy.
     
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  9. May 16, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    About 1100 miles on mine after the drivers side was fixed. No problems so far. Toyota master tech did mine as well.
     
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  10. May 16, 2019 at 8:09 PM
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    @AZTundra Good to know. I have no doubt he is capable, I just wish it didn’t have to happen. I’ve owned 4Runners, Tacoma’s and FJ’s all without any issues... I mean zero issues. Wish Toyota would step up and do something about this. I’ll still keep my loyalty with them, and I absolutely love the Tundra I purchased.
     
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  11. May 16, 2019 at 8:18 PM
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    I was hesitant also because of the tear down. But to be honest, I've got 41K miles on my Tundra now and this is the only issue I've had aside from my battery failing at 13 months old. My previous truck was a 2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Hemi that I purchased new. That truck was in the shop 17 times before I finally dumped it at only 54K miles. So many problems all over the place with that one. I joke with my service advisor and Toyota and tell him something must be wrong....I've owned the truck for almost 2 years and my check engine light never comes on. That light never seemed to go off on the Dodge.
     
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  12. May 16, 2019 at 8:18 PM
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    @Spadoo ... good to hear brotha!
     
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  13. May 16, 2019 at 8:22 PM
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    Think I asked this in another cam tower leaking thread...

    Has anyone reported catastrophic engine failure due to this leak or is it negligible enough to not notice between oil changes. I've seen everyone practically has a little seepage, and although annoying, i haven't seen anything negative actually happen because of this?

    Just curious as I bought an extended warranty and dont know if I should do this now or just wait 5 more years and do it right before the warranty expires.
     
  14. May 16, 2019 at 8:56 PM
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    they did it on mine as well when doing both towers. I think it's part of the process.
     
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  15. May 16, 2019 at 9:01 PM
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    nope. so far no catastrophic failure.
     
  16. May 16, 2019 at 9:03 PM
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    I did mine at 1500 miles. Give the filter time to catch crap.
     
  17. May 16, 2019 at 9:07 PM
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    They did mine but just the top of the timing chain cover when they did my cam tower. they didn’t take the timing chain cover completely off on mine.

    I guess they should of eh, since I have to go next week for a fix. timing chain cover leak.
     
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  18. May 16, 2019 at 9:46 PM
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    Not sure why you'd want to wait. If you're gonna do it then do it now so you have some warranty left in case anything comes up as a result.
     
  19. May 17, 2019 at 12:50 AM
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    Has anyone’s leak gotten significantly worse? My 2014 definitely has the leak, but it seams very minor. I never would have noticed it without this thread. My truck is about to hit 59k miles and I’m on the fence about taking it to the dealership. I’ve been to 2 different Toyota dealerships near me and both were completely incompetent for the most minor things. I swore I’d never take it back.

    My truck has had nothing but maintenance done, it’s been amazing. The thought of one of these places opening it up scares me.

    I should mention I had a cam put in my vette last year that was nothing but problems since they opened it up. Long story short.. I ended having to buy a whole new motor. It was a nightmare, so I really don’t want them touching my Tundra unless it’s absolutely necessary. What do you guys think?
     
  20. May 17, 2019 at 5:08 AM
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    It's ok to leave it as long as your not dripping significant oil on the exhaust. I would just shop for a better dealer, and have an honest convo with your service person. They won't be assigning this to an oil change kid (hopefully). Confirm the master tech doing the work has done several of these repairs before. It's a big job, but in the end it should be an easy one for an experienced and organized tech.
     
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    Because it's a major hassle and I need my truck 7 days a week right now. If something does happen it'll be covered either way. Just didnt want to lose the truck for a week or two if this is something I can schedule for the end of the year or something
     
  22. May 17, 2019 at 6:09 AM
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    Is it time to check mine? 1600 miles.
     
  23. May 17, 2019 at 7:32 AM
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    you can just UNPLUG that bulb. LOL I use to do that with Nissan.
     
  24. May 17, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    The dealer has had mine this whole and needs one more day. I told them that I use my truck everyone everyday and they gave me a loaner truck. You can try that option
     
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    Thanks, I’m in NYC. My closest dealer doesn’t even keep Tundras on the lot. I had to go to NJ to buy it. I dealt with their “master mechanic” before. I had a grinding in 4 wheel drive. They told me it was fixed. Got it back, still did it. Brought it back, they told me I needed a new solenoid valve. I told them that wasn’t what I was hearing that it was engaging but something was rubbing. Finally got under it myself (winter) to find a bent skid plate touching the front axel. It was their master mechanic I was dealing with for that. I dealt with him because these guys rarely see tundras.

    There’s actually a lot more to the story and some shady stuff going on there. The other dealer was worse. Charged me for work they didn’t do etc. I do everything myself now or have a guy I trust. If anyone had work done in the NYC or NJ area they recommend maybe I’ll see what they say. Appreciate the input. So far the truck has been flawless.
     
  26. May 20, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    New member here primarily because of this issue. I have a 2011 Limited double cab that has been bulletproof and was planning on keeping it long term and then I heard about this cam tower issue. It seems fairly widespread and even though mine does not appear to have any issues at 61k miles that doesn't mean it won't happen. I'm well out of warranty and really didn't want to start dumping major money in this rig. It's why I bought it new 8 years ago. No I wonder if it's time to punt.
     
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    I am just going to rant so I apologize. But this process has been beyond frustrating. My truck has been torn apart three times now because every time they get it back together and start it up it leaks oil. I am so concerned I will have nothing but problems going forward because of how many times they have taken the engine apart. I am tempted to trade it in and go get myself a 2500 diesel. Sorry end of rant
     
  28. May 20, 2019 at 6:33 PM
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    Welcome! Keep it what if the leak never happens. And if the leak happens call Toyota USA and Tell them this is unacceptable and see what they can do for you, like members on here have done.
     
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  29. May 20, 2019 at 6:35 PM
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    Man sorry to hear this! That sucks! Are they not putting it back together right or not putting the black sealant on probably, hope they get it right for you!
     
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    Thanks I appreciate it. I know they are trying their best. The head mechanic is a tundra owner. Just annoyed that a brand new vehicle needs this type of repair
     
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